Monday, July 17, 2006

Anger as disputed fines chased up

Glasgow Evening Times
17th July 06
By Jonathan Paisley

Sheriff officers are chasing up motorists who refused to pay parking fines in a controversial scheme which has now been scrapped.
Hundreds of drivers were hit by £30 fines after road bosses introduced pay-and-display meters in Glasgow's west end.
A storm of protest forced the council to lift the restrictions at evenings and weekends.
But people who refused to pay are now being threatened with action.
Driver, Duncan Shields, 50, from Gourock, received a demand from sheriff officers last week for a fine he was given in Woodlands Road in January during the six-month parking trial.
As previously reported in the Evening Times, Duncan was hit with the fine while at the Stand Comedy Club. The sum demanded has now risen to £90.
The letter said payment was due immediately and warned Mr Shields could face 'arrestment or auction' of his effects.
Mr Shields, who is on incapacity benefit after recovering from cancer, said "People power forced the council to think again but sheriff officers are now sending out threatening letters to those caught out."
However, a spokeswoman for Glasgow City Council said,"In Mr Shields case, we have asked sheriff officers to stand down as he has told us he intends to appeal against the original fine.
"We are not in a position to confirm if sheriff officers have been instructed in any other cases."


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